Over the past few years I’ve started traveling more for work, attending conferences across the country. While you can definitely have a great conference in any city, it’s hard to deny that there’s a little extra buzz when you’re going to a place you’d happily travel to on your own…needless to say, I was pretty pumped about heading to a conference at Disney World.
My family went to Disney World regularly when I was growing up, so it’s always had a special place in my heart. After a long absence, I visited again for a few days in 2014, but we didn’t stay on the property…this definitely felt like my first proper return to the happiest place on Earth!
(I’m going to guess that most of you don’t really care to hear about my social media/content marketing conference, so we’ll just skip that part…)
By far the most exciting part of the trip was that I got to meet up with some rad pinup ladies! Right after I got in on Sunday night (like, literally right after), I met up with Valentina at Disney Springs. Tragically, I was justttt too early for the opening of The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane, but we still had a lovely time eating burgers and wandering around in Sephora. My favorite part of the night was actually a random happenstance – we ducked into a little bakery right before leaving…which turned out to be Amorette’s Patisserie, where they sell the Mickey butt cakes I’d seen on Instagram so many times! I had to get one of my own.
On Wednesday, I got to live the dream I’ve always seen on Instagram: doing a group Disneybound! The lovely Paola was sweet enough to coordinate a little group adventure while I was in town with her co-blogger Kirsten and two other Florida pinups, Trisha and Rachel.
I arrived at the Magic Kingdom first (if you can only do one park, you gotta go with the classics), and happened to show up just as a parade was starting! Gotta love when the Disney magic seems to be working just for you.
I highly recommend bringing locals along when you go to Disney – these women know how to work the system! We spent pretty much no time waiting in line for rides due to excellent FastPass planning skills, which meant we could spend more quality time doing mini photoshoots. The gals graciously let me pick the theme (as the guest…), and it took a lot of Intense Consideration before I finally decided I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rock some Haunted Mansion-inspired fashion.
Spending time in the park with the ladies was such a treat, and after they headed out, I hopped a boat over to the Polynesian Village Resort to visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (full review to come)! I have very vivid memories of staying at the Polynesian as a kid and going to a luau performance, so it was really fun to be back. Since I was alone, I just had the one drink, but by then it was practically time for the fireworks! One quick monorail ride later, I was back in the Magic Kingdom for the show. I’m not going to try to pretend to be cool – I definitely burst into tears at the fireworks show like the fragile baby I am…I couldn’t help myself, it was all about wishes and your dreams coming true and…
As much as I love the rides and the characters, it really does make me happy just to be there. Maybe it’s because I grew up with it, but no matter how much I know about the inner workings of the company or the park (both fascinating and slightly terrifying), it’s always magical to me.
Are you a Disney fan? When was the last time you went to the parks? I’m definitely already craving another hit of that sweet Disney crack…